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bag battle. would a ban on the bags save the environment or trash thousands of local jobs? >>> we'll tell you about it. >>> wake up europe. >> millions of workers all across europe on strike tonight demonstrated in the streets in more than 20 countries all protesting against major government spending cuts. nearly half the nation's young people are out of work. maybe the protestors want the government to start creating more jobs. >>> riding on the dulles toll road is about to get more expensive. beginning in january the toll goes up from $1.50 to $1.75. tolls will rise from 75 cents to $1. in january 2014, the toll jumps to $2.75. these additional funds will go toward construction of the metro silver line. >>> another live look outside. topper is here after the break with the forecast. >>> law makers looking for answers on that deadly meningitis out break. how bad are plastic bags for our environment? experts from both sides weigh in in tonight's green alert. >>> law makers tonight digging for answers on the meningitis out break. the owner of the new england compounding center that
place to invest. >> a lot of cross border deals. is the environment todayl emplo russia is still a good place to invest. >> a lot of cross border deals. is the environment todayemploye russia is still a good place to invest. >> a lot of cross border deals. is the environment todaymployee russia is still a good place to invest. >> a lot of cross border deals. is the environment todayployee a is still a good place to invest. >> a lot of cross border deals. is the environment todayloyee i is still a good place to invest. >> a lot of cross border deals. is the environment todayoyee i is still a good place to invest. >> a lot of cross border deals. is the environment todayyee i f still a good place to in more or less friendly? >> there is no compare ton. when mr. putin came in, he changed the tax code which made a huge difference.ie ton. when mr. putin came in, he changed the tax code which made a huge difference. it was 13% flat tax, corporation tax 24% and suddenly you couldn't invest in companies because could you understand what was in the financials of the company. so accounting firms g
know the basic military training environment is highly susceptible to the abuse of power, with established institutional safeguards to prevent misconduct by instruct druce. these safeguards are designed to dissuade misconduct very strong as sharp or selection screening and training process and to deter misconduct are an effective system of detection and accountability. leaders play a critical role because they must constantly monitor safeguards for weaknesses and make corrections as necessary. moreover, training is struck druce had a responsibility to uphold our core values and hold themselves accountable for helping to detect those who violate our standards. in a properly functioning system that minimizes misconduct, most instructors will be dissuaded from inappropriate behavior and a few who are not will be detected and held accountable for their actions. leadership will have good insight into the effect of miss that the institutional safeguards and the instruct druce will police themselves. returning now to the three questions of what happened in basic literary trainin
in that environment. none of that is done without our dependence and our environmentment in the cyber world. the cyber domain and each and every one of us have become inseparable. tegnonk drives everything we do. -- technology drives everything we do. it resides in private sector. let me repeat that. the vast majority of our infrastructure in the united states resides in the private sector. the national security risks and the economic risks are still with the private sector. remember the government doesn't do it alone. our partners are the private sector. whether you work for the government or you work for private sector you can contribute no matter where you are. in whatever professional desire is. >> it's private sectors, holds as lot of data. and they're protection to the united states priorities is of a national important. the president declared recent lip and i quote. this is in the top five. the cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation and america's economic prosperity in the sunshinery -- century depends on that. we have more informat
and organizeterrorist attack. that's unacceptable in today's environment. >> schieffer: do you have any answers yet as to why-- we know that they had asked to maintain their-- the current level of security and that was turned down. do we have any idea on what that decision was based on? >> no, and we're still getting to the bottom of that. that's one of my primary concerns. and that's certainly what i'm driving. first of all, why there was failure for adequate security at the temporary mission. and secondly, why they didn't assess the security risks posed to that facility? they had abundance of threat reports and incidents, both to that facility and other consulates that would have suggested that they were in a high-threat environment. i sponsored-- i cosponsored the initial legislation-- i was the lead republican in the house-- to create the diplomat security bureau and the accountability review board that also has been initiate so we can get to the bottom of who is responsible. there was minimal security. the barriers weren't sufficient. the attackers, the mob, overran the complex. the militia we
municipal bond etfs. my question to you is, in this environment, with the economic environment, with the possibility of a compromise regarding the fiscal cliff, vis-a-vis the increase revenues and cuts in spending, what is your analysis and your opinion on the tax free municipal bonds at this juncture? >> you have to buy them. the individual is going to go right back them and move them up. i think that's a great place to be. don't touch them. i want you to buy them. brilliant idea. now we go to paul in louisiana. paul? >> caller: hey, jim. thanks for taking my call. >> no problem. >> caller: i've been just getting in and sticking with a stock itw. i've been following it for a couple months. they seem to be doing pretty well. there is going to be a change in the leadership. can you comment? >> david spear passed away which is -- he was a terrific guy. this is a very well run company. i suspect that they won't really skip a beat. it's always been a favorite of mine. i would continue to own it. i wouldn't buy it off this. he's a good man. i think it's fine. i think it is fine. is
's your take? >> i think those numbers are actually not that bad considering it's been a tough environment. on the bottom line, two cents better shows that the company's actually operating a little better. the issue, really, is related to the stock, which is underperformed so far. it's down 6% last year. down 6% again this year. operationally, they are doing a better job. they also boosted their dividend. when we talk to investors, there seems to be a buyer strike at the moment. investors are concerned about networking and whether that entire market can become monetized and cisco's margins will be decreased. i think what's more important are the details of whether cisco can convince investors that the company can compete in an environment which is becoming increasingly software centric. >> now, you know that gross margins have slid over the past few years. what would signal a reversal in that trend? >> that's a good point. at its peak, gross margins were about 70%. last quarter, they were about 62%. i think more software, better products, and better engineersiengineering of a lot of these
heidi, the environment clearly a global challenge, clearly a part of the foreign policy. how does it fit into the economic statecraft? >> it fits into a lot of different things the state department is working on. what we as a relatively new office of seven months and only a few people have been working on are much more than the sort of geographic priorities that the secretary has highlighted, so i probably wouldn't be the best person to speak to this department with a whole host of environmental issues. a lot more time on the year autozone and the relationship and then there's a little bit of a list from the economic analysis perspective that we tend to spend most of our time on. >> all of the subjects but maybe everybody else would like a chance to do that, too. questions? i think there is a microphone here. is there another mic? going once -- if people don't have questions i will ask them. okay. >> the council of the land that. one of the things that we observed both in the atlanta environment and looking at the global companies that has to do with our competitive edge advantage in col
of the impact of nightlife activity and maintaining safe environments. to facilitate the implementation of effective based approaches and nightlife approaches. to have knowledge how these can be managed effectively and network and working on an international and national level so we have a number of different themes. there is certainly an alcohol on alcohol and tobacco and other drugs and how they impact the viernlt. and health and safety standards, emerging trends in club culture, international nightlife tourism, policy and policing and public safety and nightlife associated with nightlife venues, sexual health and preventing violence in these settings and these are a number of themes the commission deals with on a regular basis and as a franciscan i think san francisco has a fair amount to say how we manage it and bodies like the entertainment commission are ways to engage the nightlife and entertainment communities in productive ways and improve public health and public safety, so you have the fliers that has the dates. it's at the mark hopkins hotel and it's going to start on may
at grocery stores or imposed fees for using them. at issue is their effect on the environment. >> reporter: you won't find blastic bags at the checkout counter at bob's market in southern california. they are banned in 50 cities and counties across the state. francine shops with her own reusable bag and wants more communities to enforce similar bans. >> if they went through a garbage dump or a trash site and saw what was going on they would think twice about it. >> reporter: supporters of the ban say plastic bags crowd land fills, pollute streets and waterways and threaten marine life. where plastic is banned like here in santa monica, stores go through piles of paper bags. those also take a toll on the environment but about 50% do get recycled. that's compared to about 5% of plastic bags. but manufacturers say banning the bags is unfair. >> the amount of litter nationally that plastic bags produce is less than half of 1%. >> reporter: marine scientis is with the advocacy group heal the bay and says in los angeles plastic bags make up closer to 25%. >> litter on the streets gets washed thr
environment will remain unfavorable. in addition, the committee believes that the effective supply capacity of the economy is likely to continue to grow slowly over the forecast period. in october, cpi inflation picked up to 2.7%, partly as a result of higher university tuition fees. the committee's best collective judgment of the outlook for cpi inflation is summarized in chart 3 on page 8 of the report and is based on the same assumptions about monetary policy as chart 1. inflation is likely to remain above target for the first part of the forecast period and is higher than in august reflecting recent outturns and the announcement of large increases in household energy prices. further declines in inflation not being checked by price increases in sectors where market influences are weak. the rising student tuition fees alone added over not .3 percentage points to yesterday's inflation figure and do pestic gas and electricity prices are raising faster than wholesale energy prices. such factors are pushing inflation -- >> the point mervyn king is making there that part of the reason inflatio
in that environment. >> along those lines, michael, what are you waiting for to get back into the stock market in a bigger way right now and get out of bonds? >> i think have you to have the cyclical trade outperform. emerging markets are pretty resilient here. i think that's bullish. you also need to have bond yields rise. we see the ten-year back at 161 despite every single effort by the federal reserve to force reflags back into the system. the bond market has to believe the fed is going to be effective. >> so, for the foreseeable future, you're waiting for some sort of sign the economy -- the growth in the economy and reflation effort is going to take hold, is that it? >> the market has to believe it's going to be enough, by way of context. the fall from apple from peak to where it is now is $100 billion of market cap. $40 billion a month. the numbers are so billing and yet the federal reserve talks in billions when we live in a world of trillions. >> so what's the -- what's the best plan here, then, toward year-end? we have the clarity of the president in the white house but we have no cl
home long a market in an environment where there's -- well, there was uncertainty, obviously, until last the presidency. now we have, you know, continued trauma with what's going on in europe in addition to what's going to happen in washington. clearly, there's just a further divide between one side and the other. that just poses itself that the markets are going to be heading lower. people want to take off. they're not going to be exposed overnight. during the day, it's a lot of back and forth ping-pong and people looking at single stock games and trying to do the best they can. >> yeah, unfortunately all of this uncertainty has led to this sharp decline since the election. s&p capital iq says the market value of all companies on publicly traded exchanges of the major exchanges has dropped by $750 just since november 5th. brian singer, let me ask you about that. would you be poised to put money to work in this selloff, or do you want to get to the sidelines until the dust settles? >> generally speaking, i think the environment is one where you want to look for an opportunity to act
damage was being done to the environment that, in fact, was really occurring. acknowledging those lies, b.p. has agreed to plead guilty to felony obstruction of congress. make no mistake, while the company is guilty, individuals committed these crimes. and we have also unsealed today a 23-count indictment charging b.p.'s two highest ranking supervisors aboard the deepwater horizon with manslaughter and violation of the clean water act. the two b.p. well site leaders are charged with negligence and gross negligence on the evening of april 20, 2010. in the face of glaring red flags indicating that the well was not secure, both men allegedly fail told take appropriate action to prevent the blowout. a separate indictment was also unsealed today, charging a former senior b.p. executive, david rainy, with obstructing a congressional investigation and making false statements to law enforcement officials. the indictment alleges that rainy, on behalf of b.p., intentionally underestimated the amount of oil flowing from the well. rainy allegedly cherry picked pages from documents, withheld other doc
be thriving in an environment where lots of people are worried about their taxes going up year end and the fiscal cliff is starting to get top of mind. you have a stock like walmart which has been a juggernaut, going up in a straight line since april until the recent pullback. then there is a company like -- sell, sell, sell. jcpenney. if you thought things couldn't get worse for jcpenney under the ceo, well, you were very wrong. as the company missed estimates once again on friday, reporting absolutely hideous numbers, they were blinding. sure enough, penney's continued the decline today, down another $2.67, 13%. like the wheel of fortune, where she stops, nobody knows. far more important, just so you know, there is a piece of preferred, there is another corporate piece of paper affiliated with jcpenney and that is sinking like a stone. that is more valuable to tell how bad things at jcpenney are. johnson tried to revolutionize by getting rid of coupons, cutting price as cross the board, they failed tragically and they started issuing coupons again. customers don't trust them. jc
that switch backs are valid and necessary given the operating environment. they have worked on reducing the switchbacks and keeping the public informed and would further denigate service and safety. the jury answers, "that's what we're getting at that muni think it is switch backs are a normal way of business". other transportation systems were aghast, appalled that a transit system could inconvenience their customers so cavalierly and we want them to have the feeling that we are doing a good job" when they deem them unavoidable. recommendation two, contact and learn from paris not resorting to switchbacks regularly. muni agrees there is room for improvement and they will reach out to their peers to study their standard operating procedures but note the claim that others are using procedures similar to muni. the jury answers "the jury approves part of the response about contacting peers. we hope that you contact those systems that were on our list. these systems are seen by the controller as being similar to muni, and have higher reliability and passenger ratings than muni. if
not achieve that it make decisions behind closed doors. >> that is what greenpeace is accusing the environment minister of, but he says that a solution needs to be found soon. >> i am still interested in the consensus. concrete steps are not yet decided, but we are running out of time. >> greenpeace wants to explore six underground locations containing clay, granite, and salt rock. >> we will be back in one minute with more news. >> that's right. stick around. >> welcome back. the leader of syria's new oppoition coalition has called from political recognition from europe and special weapons to defeat the syrian regime. >> the common comes as eu foreign ministers and members of the arab league meet in cairo to discuss the serious crisis -- the comment comes. but there's further troop that the syrian president's troops do not intend to give up -- but there was further proof that the syrian president's troops do not intend to give up. >> human rights workers say more than 100 people were killed across syria on tuesday. in cairo, eu foreign ministers have been meeting with representatives of the a
to return profits in 2013, but high fuel costs and a poor economic environment continued to weigh on profits. air berlin is not alone in going through some turbulence. this is not a great time for europe's airlines. >> many are struggling to stay in business. here's a look at the litany of problems they face. >> scandinavian airline sas is fighting for survival. the carrier has not turned a profit in five years. it is not alone. just last week, spain's flagship carrier said it would cut nearly a quarter of its work force in an effort to remain competitive. sas alone plans to cut more than 1/3 of its 15,000 employees. air france is looking to reduce staff to 45,000 workers. and germany's lufthansa is also in the midst of a painful cost- cutting program. earlier this week, the airline struck a deal with unions to raise cabin crew pay in exchange for no strikes over the christmas holidays. >> coming up, we've got some sports news for you. >> first, some other stories making news around the world. three demonstrators have vented their anger at a german consul. he was heading for a meeting with l
dividend yield in this market environment. so, two names that had kind of been thrown to the wayside, dell and cisco, i kind of like down around these levels. > > let's talk about some levels were you would buy, starting with cisco systems. what is your buying point on this stock? > > really anywhere around here. they came out with what i thought were really nice numbers, not only on the earnings side, but more importantly on the revenue side. this stock has gotten sold into submission with fears that government spending, which is a big component of cisco, will fall off that fiscal cliff so to speak. but not the case, and cisco is priced for utter disaster. so, i also like it on a yield basis. it's yielding way more than the 30-year bond here. > > no fiscal for cisco. so what about dell? where would you want to own this? > > same kind of story there. dell is reinventing itself as more of a services company. certainly the hardware side is languishing to say the least, but, again, you are looking at a market multiple that's below six, also with almost $4 a share in cash, the stock trading ar
. >> translator: in the new environment, our party faces many tough challenges. there are numerous pressing problems within the party and senior ranks that need to be resolved, especially corruption and the acceptance of bribes. >> reporter: xi jinping is taking over the position of general secretary from hu jintao. he will lead the politburo's standing committee, china's main decision-making body. the number of seats on the committee has been reduced to seven from nine. analysts say the party made the change to speed up the decision-making process. xi jinping and another top official, li keqiang, have been on the standing committee since 2007. the rest of the members are new. xi introduced them all during his speech. >> zhang dejiang. yu zhengsheng. liu yunshan. wang qishan. zhang gaoli. >> reporter: the majority of officials on the standing committee are allies of former president who retired from politics nearly a decade ago. they face a number of challenges. one is wrapping up china's slowing economic engine. another is addressing growing social discontent over the widening wealth gap a
difficult particularly in the middle of a very unstable environment such as the u.s. fiscal cliff and the european debt crisis. china's government needs a very stable export sector as it would take some time before the domestic consumption can be built up to a fully -- a full capacity that can substitute the export sector as one of the main engines of the economic growth. >> reporter: meanwhile, china has been boosting economic ties with countries in east and southeast asia and the policy seems to be unchanged. >> i think both east asia and southeast asia are important economic partners with china. given the economic problems in the u.s. and europe, china would be interested to promote more free trade within this economic bloc because china can out source at lower value for example in vietnam, cambodia, etcetera, so china can move up the chain by adding values to these products and then sell these products to richer neighbors such as japan and south korea. >> many chinese people are staying away from japan because of a bilateral territorial dispute. the number of chinese visitors
a tight lending environment. for most investors, access to capital is a real problem. >> how far does it -- >> quite difficult. right now as a private investor, you have to guarantee construction loans and you have to put up 35% he equity of any one project. >> and 35% of his $70 million project for perspective, would be a $24.5 million down payment. >> we've been working on this for six years. >> reporter: so back to mayor reed and his lofty goal, a billion dollars recorded in six months. >> i have no doubt that we can. there's probably more than a billion dollars of opportunities. the question is how many can we get done in six months. >> reporter: reed's claim of billion dollars in opportunities checks out after spiing to some developers willing to hint at the financials for their massive pending projects, low enterprisers is developing a tract of land so large it took us more than a minute to drive around. an urban office campus which they said will cost well north of $100 million just for first phase. across the street by the intersection of 101, ellis partners about to build a 7
. >> these guys are important. unlike human beings, as we change the environment is bad for the environment, beavers form wetlands other species could move into. he's important. >> what else does he eat besides bananas? >> in the wild he would be eating all sorts of vegetation and they like to eat tree bark. he has teeth on them that are so much enamel that are bright orange. these guys chop down trees and build dams with them. >> you don't want to get in front of an angry beaver. >> bring out the owl. >> let me put the baby alligator away. the last animal is another species that would have been -- >> what are they called? >> barn owl. these are a species native to europe. european colonists would have been used to seeing these guys. they're not particularly common. these animals can find prey in pitch darkness. >> you're kidding. >> tests have been done on these species, they've removed every iota of light. just by their hearing they can find rodents which is their main prey. they are called barn owls, because they are one of the few species that can live in human structures and benefit fr
with training, and you have to create an environment where you understand that is going to happen and it is not necessarily a career injured. we are working on it. it is absolutely essential that we do. when i came in, we notice that 70's are of our public diplomacy dollars were spent on a demographic over the age of 35. we said looking at the world, the fact is that you have a far better opportunity of planting the seeds with a younger demographic which is what i was so supportive of the program. he said it is so it difficult when you wreach those. when you're younger you have an ability to do that. if we can have a good conversation with a young girl in pakistan she will be able to change the perception of the united states in a way that we never could. it is the wisest testament not just for the future but for whitright now. >> we have a clash of technology in future. it is going to play out. she came across this egypt influenced network. if you google it, it is this blob of blue, red, purple circles. to the blue are people tweeted in english. the right people in arabic. the pu
" cramer gave you ideas for keeping your portfolio airborne in this environment. what sky high advice is he about to give right now? jim's mad dash is coming up next and romney for president policy adviser lanhee chen. take a look at futures as we start into the open bouncing off three month lows. "squawk on the street" continues right after this. i always wait until the last minute. can i still ship a gift in time for christmas? yeah, sure you can. great. where's your gift? uh... whew. [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. ship fedex express by december 22nd for christmas delivery. >> jim and his mad dash talking. this week is a watershed week for nat gas in general. >> cold in new york. 28 degrees. that often can burn off the inventory. clean energy fuels had them on last night. why focus on this? they have a clear growth path to build out stations. lloyd blankfein said in his editorial that key thing for growth in our country is energy. abundant energy. i thought we should look at clean energy that would benefit. markwest, this is a company that has a price above where they d
population control, the environment and they don't have anything in common with us. they get a peak of did a couple people they have out front to be their conservative individuals but if you really start peeling back the leaders of the onion and will make you cry. it's not conservative at all. they've got us fighting on this issue so much that the national conservative authors are claiming that it's one of the conservative principles. we need to use our conservative principles to address our problem and i think that is what has happened to the recent and it's not just about trying to win the election but grow the party and welcome people and we are wanting you to feel like you are at home. many to learn that in their rhetoric that has been displayed and is doing more damage than it is good. >> i should preface my remarks on this by saying i am in complete agreement that conservatives and republicans need to do a better job or some cases a job for the first time to appeal to hispanic voters and other nonwhite voters but we shouldn't kid ourselves about some of the obstacles we need to start
at this stage. there's a little bit of a risk on type environment at the moment. and the ten year bund yield moving a little higher. the same goes for spain, built oig and yield, as well. we were looking at the euro just bouncing a little bit against the dollar. you're heading into this morning's session, we're holding on to those gains, 127 and a bit. the dollar yen coming off by just a tad. president obama meeting with myanmar's president and opposition leader. obama saying his six hour stopover should be seen as a sign of support for myanmar's attempts at democratic reforms rather than endorsement of the country's government. meanwhile his three day trip is also aimed at reinforcing america's ties with the region. analysts say it's something china is watching very closely. deidre has more. >> the obama's administration to choose southeast asia as the president's first foreign trip since winning re-election was greeted by some with surprise. after all, there are far bigger economies in asia that warrant his attention. the strategic importance of southeast asia in the region is in full focu
in this environment. carl, back to you. >> wednesday is the day when they name the new partners at goldman, i believe. >> that's right. >> people waiting for the call. >> people close to or a source close to goldman sachs says it will be the smallest class in over a decade. probably less than 70 will be named partners at goldman sachs this year. back to you. >> thank you so much. mary thompson at headquarters. a big mover in drilling and natural gas space. >> weatherford this morning off 12% at 3.5 year low. the company warning that fourth quarter is going to come in for earnings below consensus on that number. and they also said that they still have not been able to resolve what they call material weakness in internal controls over financial reporting. they actually didn't break out their third quarter numbers. stock getting hit hard on a day when energy is already to the downside. >> motor trend magazine naming tesla's sedan the car of the year. will the model live up to the hype? we'll find out when tesla ceo elon musk joins us. >> just seven short weeks left to hopefully do a deal on the fiscal c
behind him. you raise taxes in this environment, this is not a growing environment, you're asking for trouble. you're rolling the dice, and i'm telling you, dividend taxes, you know, this is like insane. in any event, it is what it is. we have got to report. you got to do what you got to do. liz: president clinton did it in boom times -- >> no, he didn't. president clip clinton -- clinton did it in 93. we did not have a surplus until we had the internet bubble in 1996. that is the bottom line. i don't care what anybody says. liz: i missed that surplus, i don't care what anybody says. >> look at the gdp growth after he raised taxes. look at our economy right after -- it did not do very well. liz: charlie gasparino, thank you. your tie now is appropriate now that the segment is over. >> okay. liz: closing bell ringing in 27 minutes. confidence among you the u.s. consumer hitting a five year high this month but with the fiscal cliff looming and employment on the rocks, which retailers will come out on top this holiday season, and should you be buying their stocks? joe feldman tells t
at a normal interest rate, i'm a guy that wants to go 50/50 bond equities, are you saying in this environment i should be 75 equities, 25 bonds because of the risk? >> yeah, i think the problem is nobody is 50/50. today people are sitting at 80% this bonds. 10% quit tis and a little bit of cash. here's the big issue. americans need to retire. 75% of them have already said they don't have enough money. 40% said they'll never have enough money. so they're funding their lon term liability which is retirement 15 years, on average 58 years old, and they're funding it with a security that's at the end of its peak cycle. so usual getting zero rate of return and you're saying i'll fund the liability by an investment that i'm guaranteed to lose money in. the world is more complicated. it's not 50 stock and 50 bond. so you have to say i need to start to move into a more balanced portfolio. the big problem people have is they think it's a binary switch. i go from stocks to bonds. maybe risky people and speculate tors do that. but it means i need to start to lessen my bond position, because more balanced
environment for stocks. >> that means you'll get some uneasiness extending into 2013. it won't have the cliff aspect at least in the first half of 2013. so, the can is kicked down the road. you'll have more like a simmering uneasiness waiting for washington to stay focus and arrive at a compromise. >> reporter: as to whether a solution on the fiscal cliff will result in a rally for stocks here on wall street. experts say the answer to that is yes. suzanne pratt, "n.b.r.," new york. >> susie: still ahead, a major deadline gets pushed back for health insurance exchanges, a key part of president obama's health care reform. >> tom: lunch box staples for generations of kids could be history. hostess brands-- the maker of twinkies, ho-hos and wonder bread wants to sell everything to liquidate the company and go out of business. it's asking a bankruptcy court for permission. as diane eastabrook reports the move follows months of financial problems and labor un-rest. >> reporter: hostess brands says it decided to liquidate after a strike by members of the bakery, confectionery, tobacco workers, and g
know white house environment -- involvement was not an isolated incident. the energy and commerce committee of the house of representatives, e-mails specifically refer to joe biden and his staff advocating for solyndra, the solar panel company that received $528 million in loan guarantees before declaring bankruptcy in september of 2011. solyndra was rushed through in september of 2009 so that vice president joe biden could appear at the opening on september 4th. on august 31st, days before and, a communications aide to the vice president asked them to speed this up and there was pushed back from career staff at the office of management and budget. kevin carroll was chief of the office of management and budget energy staff, quote, i would prefer this announcement be postponed. this is the first loan guarantee and we should have a full review with all hands on deck to make sure we get it right. they didn't get it right and five hundred twenty-eight million taxpayer dollars were lost. it could be seen that the energy loan guarantees and a notoriously unsuccessful record. of the 33 e
of $15 a barrel oil by 2025. in terms of prices, we're talking about in the environment similar to today's, maybe slightly worse, in order to hit those and provide incentive to hit those will targets and also to dampen demand. that is part of the iaea calculus. you have both the production and demand side. an order for us to even in part a modest amount and get to that point requires a major steps forward in fuel efficiency. host: so who is benefiting the most? guest: the middle east continues to benefit tremendously. opec countries share a global connection forecast to go up -- production forecast to go up to nearly half of world oil supplies. the middle east remains a big beneficiary. the u.s. will be better off in those terms than it would be without this increase will bring production. we will be keeping more money at home. oil makes up about two-thirds of our trade deficit now. that number will decline. oil companies that do very well with higher prices will continue to do very well. host: back to the idea of shale gas. you mentioned some parts of the country where this is happening
're not directly getting at that. >> i think the carbon tax makes enormous sense to do with the environment impact of energy use. you can design one in a way that does not cause too much harm for american industries that compete with folks abroad. consumption tax, there are things you can do to treat the income tax to make it look more like a consumption tax. >> i want each of you to give me your thoughts at the end of the day, what do you think the tax code will look like with his conversations between the cop -- between the president speaker boehner are done? >> i think we will have slightly higher marginal tax rates on some high-income tax -- and these 1 high income tax payer. i think there will be a variety of tax exclusions and deductions that are scaled back modestly. >> if scaled-back means capped in some way, i agree completely. rex i think we will see some of those things will back. the top rate will be either 39.6 or 35. it will be somewhere in between. >> we have some common ground here among our economists. thank you, a gentleman for joining us. thank you all. i appreciate the peterson
should be positioning your portfolio in this environment of uncertainty. he manages more than $14 billion for westfield capital. and will, i know you've got interesting thoughts about what's working right now and what people should be doing. which is great, we hear from a lot of people who freeze up at this point, keep things in cash. but you're looking specifically at stocks that might benefit from things like an improvement in the housing industry, which is something we heard yesterday from home depot. >> yeah, exactly. i think the one big difference with the debt ceiling negotiation, for example, the republicans had an incentive to make the current administration look bad because they're trying to win an election, right? well, now with the election over, i think there's an incentive for them not to obstruct. and so i do think something will get done. it'll most likely be a minor deal to buy some time and maybe we get a major deal in 2013. but at the end of the day, i think there'll be some fiscal drag in the first half of '13. rather than sitting cash where you get zero, what can you d
such as protection of the environment as well as narrowing the gap between rich and poor. but as i said, these are very carefully worded. especially this year. no one wants to say something that is too aggressive or too reformist. because of course there is a pretty powerful group that are against pro market reforms. there are some that benefit, some leaders especially that benefit from the status quo like the officials of state owned enterprises which enjoy some advantages in the form of easier access to loan and less competition. >> if i could ask whether it really matters if the way that we read the tea leaves if it's the reformers or the conservatives here who have more influence in terms of this transition. what he he's the latest view one impact it will have? >> tons of speculation ahead of the roll out on thursday. it's likely going to be a mix of both some reformerses and some conservatives, but you're right in the sense it may not matter in the short term, but long term it will have an impact because some analysts say that the hu jintao administration on the way out did not do
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